15 OCTOBER 1898

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Lord Rosebery on Wednesday delivered a speech at Epsom to

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the Surrey Agricultural Association which was in its importance an event. Speaking as head of the late Govern- ment, he associated himself warmly with Lord Salisbury in his...

The British Government has nailed its colours to the mast

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in the matter of Fashoda. It has published the despatches, thus appealing to its own constituency and the whole world. It appears from these documents that Lord Salisbury...

The earlier portion of Lord Rosebery's speech, after some amusing

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persiflage on the products of Epsom, was devoted to the position of agriculture. The Hon. C. R. Spencer once created great amusement by stating that he was not an agri- cultural...

We do not see from the despatches that M. Delcasso

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con- tests the British right. He only pleads the absence of information from Major Marchand, and the injustice, by re- fusing to discuss, of asking him for "the impossible." Sir...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • R UMOURS were in circulation on

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Friday evening of the discovery of a military plot in Paris. The intention, it is declared, is to remove the Ministry, but to leave M. Faure in possession of the Presidency....

We see no benefit in quoting the French papers upon

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this subject. The French Government is not ruled by them, and though the popular journals affect to be furious, they are clearly using the discussion as a new weapon to turn out...

It e * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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With the "SPECTATOR" of Saturday, November 5th, will be issued, grata, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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The French have achieved an important success in West Africa

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which will greatly soothe their irritable pride. They have defeated Samory and captured him, with the whole of his chiefs and personal following. For fifteen years this chief,...

As the result of the vote of want of confidence

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in the Cape Ministry carried by a majority of two votes-39 to 37—in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, Sir J. Gordon Sprigg and his colleagues have resigned, and Sir Alfred...

The German Emperor and Empress started for Palestine from Potsdam

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on Tuesday night, travelling via Vienna to. Venice, and accompanied by an immense suite. The Vossische Zeitung deprecates the use of the term "crusade" in connec- tion with the...

The news from Pekin is hardly intelligible. The Emperor is

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not dead, but the Dowager-Empress now signs decrees in her own name, and it is stated that at a recent sitting of the Council an heir to the throne was deliberately and finally...

The Cretan affair advances reluctantly, but it does advance. The

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Sultan retreats slowly, but he retreats ; and his last request to keep a fortress or two has now been decisively refused. If he will not withdraw his soldiers, he is told, they...

The latest report from Paris is that the strike of

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workmen which during part of the week threw forty thousand men into the streets, though not over, is dying away. The original strikers, who were employed on works for the coming...

Lord Salisbury has selected Mr. St. John Brodrick, now Under-Secretary

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for War, to succeed Mr. Curzon at the Foreign Office. It was probably the best appointment in his power to make. Mr. Brodrick is a man of great industry, with full comprehension...

The accounts of the German "colony" at Kiao-chow are almost

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comic in their revelations of incompetence. The authorities there think that the ideal is to reproduce Berlin. and the colonists are placed under the most rigid police control....

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has delivered in the form of

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a visitation charge three very grave and bold judgments upon points which at present disturb the Church. As to the f rst, upon the Eucharist, we have said enough elsewhere. The...

Incidentally the Archbishop protested strongly against the worship of saints—God

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alone being worshipped by the English Ohurch—but his strongest phraseology was reserved for the practice of confession. Dr. Temple admitted that the Church permits, though it...

We must say we think the proprietor and conductors of

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the Pall Mall Gazette have hardly received sufficient credit for their conduct in exposing the late financial editor of that paper and those who bribed him. As soon as they...

Lord Halifax replies at length in Wednesday's Times to Sir

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William Harcourt's attack on the attitude of the English Church Union. Into his historical argument we have not space to enter in detail, but may point out that in regard to the...

Two striking utterances in connection with Church contro- versies have

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also to be noticed. The Rev. Alfred Rowland, President of the Congregational Union, after expressing the hope that the clergy and laity on the side of Protestantism would accept...

The investigations of the railway authorities and police in connection

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with the railway wrecking outrages last month are beginning at last to bear fruit. A working man, formerly em- ployed on the railway, was brought up before the Northampton...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (2-1) were on Friday, 1091.

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NV E cannot allow Lord Rosebery's speech of Wednes- day to pass with a mere report. We have so often seen occasion to criticise or condemn his public action, that it would be...


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THE FASHODA DESPATCHES. T HE whole country is now convinced, as our own readers have, we hope, for some time been convinced, that Lord Salisbury has no intention of "backing...

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DIPLOMACY AND JOURNALISM. F EW things are more noticeable in the

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history of English opinion than the change that has come over the popular feeling about diplomacy. A generation ago, there was no easier way of making a passing reputation than...

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STRIKES ON THE CONTINENT. T HE record of events during the

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last few days in Paris reads like the history of a besieged city. We hear of long lines of soldiers on the quays, of military posts fortifying the bridges, of all the strategic...

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I N the Times of Thursday Sir Godfrey Lushington has provi led English readers with the most accurate, complete, and well-arranged account of l'ajaire _Dreyfus from its...

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W E regard that vote of the New Zealand House of Representatives granting a pension of £18 a year —7s. a week—to every poor person in the Colony—that is, persons with less than...

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THE HOPE OF IRELAND. D ITRING the past few days some

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cheering indications have appeared as to the possibility that in the working of the Local Government Act there may be a drawing-together of Irishmen belonging to classes that...

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of Canterbury has no doubt the defects of his qualities ; but then he has qualities, and one of them, rather rare among clerical dignitaries of our day, is fearlessness. He must...

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I N the Daily News of Tuesday there is an interesting account of the revival of the second-class compartment on English railways, which, it is fair to say, was anticipated and...

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W ITHIN the limits of animal character good qualities so predominate over bad that the world has become almost exacting in its expectations of excellence in their imperfect...

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THE TUNNEL BETWEEN ENGLAND AND IRELAND.. [To IRS EDITOS OP THE " SPICTLTOILl SIR,—Under this heading the Spectator of September 24th contains an interesting letter from...

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[To THE EDIT011 OE THE " SPECTATOB."] STE,—The perplexity which your correspondent in the Spectator of October 8th confesses as to the inevitable sug- gestion of contemporary...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ) Sin,—" Mr. Bayard has the honourable distinction, rare among prominent American politicians, of having died a poor man." These words we...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THY "SPECTATOR."] "Sin,—Perhaps a few remarks on this unhappy man may be permitted. The charge against him, urged by Maxwell of Kirkconnell (a gentleman of...

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[TO THE nrroa 07 THE " SPECELTOVI SIR,—The account of the bloodhound experiment at Scar , borough has brought back to my thoughts the performances of a dog of a very different...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 STn,—In the interesting article on "Credulity" in the Spectator of October 1st, has not the writer somewhat ex- ceeded the fact when he...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—In reference to your notice of the book of Moritz Busch on Prince Bismarck in the Spectator of October 1st, and in view of the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—Perhaps you will allow me to add yet another to the many interesting instances of the astounding sense of direction in animals recorded...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Bloodhotmda were kept at the lodges in our New Forest till the Deers' Removal Act of 1851 rendered them unnecessary. Many a story of...

[To THE EDITOR OP TEl " SPECTATOR."' SIR,—An interesting incident

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which happened years ago, but which has not yet been recorded, ought not to be lost, suggestive as it is of a very practical lesson. It was found that a small flock of sheep...


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ON BRIGHTON CLIFFS. NIGHT after night this miracle is seen, Sunset and silver waters, moon and star ; And when the full host fills the deep serene, And heaven is near, and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,"[ Sin,—Carionsly enough I also last week witnessed precisely the same thing as that referred to by Mr. Cooper in the Spectator of October 8th,...


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KHARTOUM.° Tam book is a masterpiece, and of a new kind. So much may be said without circumlocution and without reserve. More than that, it is an excellent augury for the...

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Mn. KIPLING is one of the great magicians. He calls the tune for himself, and we have got to dance to his piping, whatever he chooses to pipe about. One may repine at having to...

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ONE rises from a careful perusal of Mr. Wallace's book with the conviction that the title is a piece of scientific irony, for much more than half of its contents is devoted to...

STEPS TOWARDS - REUNION.* FATHER DUGGAN, who is, or was, "Catholic

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Priest of Maid- stone," puts on his title-page the text, " Compel them to come in that My house may be full." And his book is, in fact, an invitation of the broadest and most...

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IT is curious to observe how the recent revival of the Napoleonic legend has affected contemporary fiction. Novelists who deal in adventurous or sensational romance are at the...

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Australasian Democracy. By Henry De P. Walker. (T. Fisher rnwin.)—This

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book contains a number of object-lessons which are of the highest interest to people in this country. The Australian Colonies are Englands beyond the sea in a peculiar sense....


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The Seto Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Eyre and Spottiswoode) shows how closely knit our great Empire is, and how freely the current of national life flows out even to...

Polo. By T. B. Dryborough. Illustrated. (Vinton and Co. 15s.) — Polo

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has now a kind of national importance. It is the school of horsemanship, and for Army men especially has a real use, in addition to its attraction as a pastime. Judging by...

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Egypt in 1898. By G. W. Steevens. (W. Blackwood and

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Sons.) —It would not be easy to find a more interesting book in its way than this. Interesting it would be in any case ; it becomes doubly so now that it is supplemented by the...

Kirkaldy of Grange. By Louis A. Barbs. (Oliphant, Anderson, and

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Ferrier.) — In this volume—one of the "Famous Scots Series "—Mr. Barbe distinctly makes a point about Kirkaldy's age. He must have been more than twelve when he was is...

Sir William Wallace. By A. F. Munson. (Oliphant, Anderson, and

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Ferrier, Edinburgh.)—While the editors of the useful and interesting though unequal biographies known as the "Famous Scots Series" were bound to include the patriot-knight who...

Vagaries. By Axel Munthe. (John Murray.)—Vagaries is a set of

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essays by a doctor, as whimsical as they are charming, as charming as they are slight. The author tells us he has practised ten years in Paris and nine in Rome ; nevertheless...

The Bishops of Lindisfarne, Hezham, Chester - le - Street, and Durham, A.D. 635 - 1020.

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By George Miles. (Wells Gardner, Darton, and Co.) — The Beginnings of English Christianity, By William Edward Collins. (Methuen and Co.)—Mr. Miles follows the lead of Bishop...

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Fairy Tales from Par Japan. By Susan Ballard. (R.T.S.)— This

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little book deserves the praise Mrs. Bishop gives it in her prefatory note. in the two introductory chapters Miss Ballard gives us some amusing glimpses of Japanese and...

Sernurns on Some Words of St. Paul. By H. P.

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Liddon, D.D. (Long- vi ew; and Co.)—Dr. Liddon's rank as a preacher is so well estab- lished that little more than a record of the appearance of another volume of his sermons is...

The Zone of Fire. By Headon Hill. (C. Arthur Pearson.)—

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The black paint is really laid on a little too thick in the picture of Captain Lucas Charters. He is a coward, a swindler, a murderer, and a traitor, playing all these parts...

A Girl's Awakening. By J. H. Crawford. (J. Macqueen.)— Mr.

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Crawford's landscapes we can understand ; his figures are somewhat dim and indistinct. We have plenty of ornamental phrases about Narcisse, but they leave us not much wiser...

The Observer's Atlas of the Heavens. By William Beck. (Gall

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and Inglis.)—In this volume we have thirty well-executed star- charts "in which nine thousand objects are accurately depicted, embracing the whole Star Sphere, and showing...

Twrnpike Tales. By C. L. Marson. (Elkin Mathews.)—There is not

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a little of the irreconcilable in Mr. Marson's stories. His Own order fares ill at his hand. And of course we have the foolish old story of rich men enjoying "bequests which...

The New Guide to Bristol and Clifton. Edited by James

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Baker. (Baker and Bon, Clifton.) —We have here a fairly readable account of old and new Bristol. The first, and most interesting, chapter recalls the important part played by...

The Everlasting Animals, and other Stories. By Edith Jennings. Pictures

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by Stuart Bevan. (Duckworth and Co.)—This is a good specimen of a child's book. The stories are brightly written, with plenty of conversations in them, and the print is clear....

John of Strathbourne. By R. I). Chetwode. (C. Arthur Pear-

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son.)—It was, perhaps, a strange thing that an English knight should take his little son with him when he went campaigning in France. However, we owe to his eccentricity a...

Spectator. Vol. VIII. Edited by G. Gregory Smith. (J. M.

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Dent and Co.)—This volume, containing Nos. 556-635, the second issue of the paper, which followed the first at an interval of eighteen months, brings the work to a completion....

Roadside and River. By H. Mead Briggs. (Elliot Stock.)— These

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"Gleanings from Nature's Fields" have, possibly, just a little too much of the didactic in them. There are "sermons in stones," but the stones are best left to preach them...

The Ancient Ure of the Greek Accents. By G. T.

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Carruthers. (Bradbury, Agnew, and Co ) —Mr. Carruthers'e book is too technical to be discussed in these columns, but we may give an idea of its general aim. Briefly, it is to...